Lost Trails
Lost Trails, Forgotten Trails of the Weird West is now available for those of you who love a mash-up of Westerns and science fiction stories. They are reprinting my very first, ever, story in any genre, "Midnight at the Lariat Lounge," set in Western Colorado during the oil shale boom. As Teresa Leal (see the blog or newsletter "Utopia, or Dystopia?) would say, "time changes, but the issues don't change." I have to say, my interest in history and space, what our inheritance means about the future, were just as strong then as they are now.

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I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the stories!


- AWP 2016: March 30 - April 2. See you in Los Angeles!

More in a bit!

Selected Works

From the early literature of the Americas to the late 20th Century
Creative Nonfiction
Essays on Family and Writing

The Desert Remembers My Name makes an important contribution to discussions of ethnicity, identity, and the literature of place.”
Bloomsbury Review
"...a mesmerizing tale... the author explores the fascinating confusions and contradictions plaguing a culture precariously poised between tradition and modernization."
"She never forgot the power of storytelling as testimony."
The Utne Reader
"Kathleen Alcalá's Spirits of the Ordinary is an enthralling book..."
–Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Books

"This book entered my dreams."
–Alberto Rios
Short Fiction
"Thoroughly satisfying."
The New York Times Book Review

"By turns touching, entertaining, and surprising, and uniquely her own."
Publishers Weekly

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